Michele Chiarlo Tortoniano Barolo 2012, Piedmont, Italy
The Michele Chiarlo Tortoniano 2012 is named for the tortonian-era (think millions of years ago) soils in which the vines are planted, which contain a high percentage of magnesium and manganese. Grape clusters are thinned and are harvested somewhat later than usual so that the fruit attains higher concentration. Temperatures are strictly controlled during vinification and the wine is aged for two years in large oak casks and one year in bottle before release. The wine shows layered aromas and flavors of mint, red fruit and spices. The palate shows bright acidity and silky tannins before a long finish. This wine is a superlative pairing for roasts, game and hard cheeses. Also try with wild mushroom risotto with just a hint of truffle oil! Heavenly!